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Nov 23, 2012 8:00am PST
, dogged by the u.s. government, by the fbi? they took back his passport. will kaufman: yeah. he would havei guess it would have been around in the late '40s, when he actually met robeson, because both of them were on the board of people's songs, which was an organization started by pete seeger as a means, again, of energizing the union movement through song. and he admired paul robeson very much. i don't believe he ever sang with them. i saw one letter in which he mentions having met him. but he certainly supported him. and he was there, of course, during thesethe peekskill riots of 1949. amy goodman: well, talk about the peekskill riots. exactly what happened? will kaufman: ok, 1949, august, late august, early september of 1949, the civil rights congress, through people's songs, got paul robeson to agree to sing a benefit concert at the golfing grounds up inor the lakeland picnic area up in peekskill, westchester county. and before robeson even got to the grounds, he neverin fact, he never even made it to the grounds, because for the whole previous week, the peekskill evening star an
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